Norwich City have taken Arsenal youngster Kamarni Ryan on trial ahead of his release from the Premier League title contenders.

The teenager played for City U18s in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Colchester United on Friday and has been training at Colney as he assesses his options ahead of the summer.

Ryan, 18, joined Arsenal from Chelsea in July 2020 and can operate either as a wide player or as a striker. He is one of four players to be told their stay at the North London club won’t be extended beyond the end of the campaign.

After spending a brief period with Watford earlier this month, Ryan is now on trial at City – reuniting with Ben Knapper, who was loans and pathway manager at Arsenal before becoming Norwich’s sporting director in November.

Ryan has played 14 times for Jack Wilshere’s under-18s this season, netting three goals and as many assists. He has also been involved in their EFL Trophy campaign, making the bench for a 5-0 victory over Exeter City in October.

The youngster is expected to attract plenty of interest following his scheduled release from Arsenal, with City keen to keep close tabs on his situation. They will hope the past relationship with Knapper will aid their cause.

City’s side ran out 5-2 winners against the U’s and also had a trialist goalkeeper between the sticks. Ryan recorded an assist during the game. 

Injuries have hampered Ryan’s progress at Arsenal, but has relished the experience of working alongside Wilshere as he plots the next step in his career.

“Growing up, I looked up to players like Marcus Rashford,” he told Arsenal’s channels in 2023. “He’s an electrifying talent and he has that knack for beating his man and constantly being a danger in the box.

“In the future, I want to have a similar impact to him on the pitch by trying to implement what he does in matches and I have massive respect for what he does off the pitch too.

“Working with Jack Wilshere has been an unreal experience so far. When we found out he was going to be our coach, we were all so excited because we have seen what he’s done in his career.

“Personally, for me, I’ve been able to relate to Jack really well as I’m going through an injury myself and he’s encouraged me more than ever that it will get better. He’s given me some great advice which helps me to overcome the tough injury setbacks.”